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Sinaloa Cartel Murders: The Mexican Bloodshed
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Sinaloa Cartel Murders: The Mexican Bloodshed

By Dickson Nyarangi Okero Mexico has a long history of drug cartels, and the Sinaloa cartel is one of the most notorious. Based in the northwestern state of Sinaloa, the cartel is known for its brutal violence and large-scale drug trafficking operations. Its origins can be traced to the Guadalajara cartel, one of Mexico's most prominent crime organizations in the early 1980s. In recent years, the Sinaloa cartel has been involved in a bloody turf war with another drug cartel, the Juarez cartel. This conflict has resulted in hundreds of deaths and shows no signs of stopping. Not familiar with...
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The Race For Hollywood: Fast Fashion Trends vs. Sustainable Fashion Trends…Who Is Winning?
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The Race For Hollywood: Fast Fashion Trends vs. Sustainable Fashion Trends…Who Is Winning?

By B.K. Delaney It’s no mystery that what is trending in fashion is usually just the latest style of our favorite, beloved celebrities. Hollywood’s elite has always driven the fashion Ferrari, if you will. But in the race to claim Hollywood for its own, will the same fast fashion trends of yesteryear win out or will we finally see sustainable fashion trends creep ahead?  Fast Fashion Trends What is fast fashion? Fashion is considered fast when it follows a seasonal calendar from runway to consumer in a rapid or trending cycle.  Consumer demand for instant gratification and the need to...
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How An Outsider Can Mend Mental Apathy
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How An Outsider Can Mend Mental Apathy

By Eponine Seccafico Emotional numbness, whether it comes as a gnawing symptom or as a means of protection, is a state of mind where a person is apathetic to all experiences and emotions. They are too lost to act and can only go about their lives as “going through the motions.” It is a desolate and isolating way to live. However, does this mean they have to face it by themselves? This state of mind does not have to be faced alone—there are many ways that you can help a person rise above this stoic and solemn way of living....
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From False Fixation To Self-Acceptance
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From False Fixation To Self-Acceptance

By Eponine Seccafico Perfection, despite being an ideal that many aspire to obtain in themselves, is one of humanity’s greatest delusions. What can be seen as perfect to one, may not be so for another. This want can swiftly turn into an obsession, as desperate pairs of eyes search for the slightest perceived fault in their reflections. However, are there ways to stop this obsession with self-perfection? Stopping the obsession for self-perfection is possible, but not as swift or intangible as the obsession itself. The so-called imperfections to be found in the human form can be embraced without loathing. How...
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How to Increase Sales Through Email Marketing
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How to Increase Sales Through Email Marketing

By Dickson Nyarangi Okero Email marketing is widely considered to be one of the best forms of digital marketing out there. It is still one of the most reliable forms of marketing and is used by many businesses today. One of the reasons that email marketing is so appealing to businesses is because it allows you to communicate with your customers on your own terms. Email controls how and when you want to communicate with your customers. With companies like Mailchimp and Constant Contact making marketing through email so easy, there is no reason for you not to be trying...
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Meet the Personal Chef: How to Keep Your Guests Entertained & Your Hands Clean
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Meet the Personal Chef: How to Keep Your Guests Entertained & Your Hands Clean

By Catherine Huyhn As a person just entering adulthood, there are a few aspects of life that school doesn’t cover: taxes, healthcare, insurance, and, oddly enough, parties. You can have a college-style frat party with kegs, chips, and pizza rolls. However, events like children’s birthday parties, anniversaries, graduations, etc., are more difficult to traverse through. Details like decor, activities, and goodie bags can take up preparation time, leaving you with limited time to handle the most crucial aspect of a good party: the food. Food is the make or break of a good party, and trying to prep and cook...
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3 Ways to Make Your Dental Care Affordable In Florida
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3 Ways to Make Your Dental Care Affordable In Florida

By Mackenzie Beaulieu More and more, we’re learning the importance of taking care of our teeth. Your mouth can be a source of disease and decay that spreads to your whole body, so if you’re thinking of putting it off or not getting dental work done altogether — don’t! The long term health and financial costs of letting your teeth decay could far outweigh what you might owe to get started now. Treating What’s Reversible at Home Letting your oral health fall to the wayside from time to time is nothing to be ashamed of, however, you should always be...
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Vanlife Safety: Tips For Staying Safe On The Road
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Vanlife Safety: Tips For Staying Safe On The Road

By Melvin Chux A house can be a place of comfort and security, but it also means you’re tethered to one geographical location. Your work, relationship, and life, in general have to be around your home or it becomes inconvenient. While this works for most, others prefer a free-spirited approach.  Individuals like this often trade in their homes for a van, it helps if you work remotely. With the recent hike in real estate prices, more people are embracing the van life. We’ve heard of unfortunate incidents lately regarding nomads, which makes this subject important.  If you’ve been thinking of...
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Automobiles: 5 Things Every New Car Owner Should Know
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Automobiles: 5 Things Every New Car Owner Should Know

By Melvin Chux The importance of a personal car cannot be overemphasized, once you step out, you have instant access to mobility. There's no need to wait for an Uber or lose valuable time as a public bus stops to pick up other passengers.  No one forgets the first car they ever got, it is a really fond memory. If you are about to or just got a new car, we’d like to say congratulations! However, the journey doesn’t end when you drive out of the dealership with the sweet smell of brand-new leather in the air.  The total well-being...
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Some Like It Hot: Is It a Sellers’ Market or Buyers’ Advantage in Vegas?
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Some Like It Hot: Is It a Sellers’ Market or Buyers’ Advantage in Vegas?

By B.K. Delaney The unemployment rate in Las Vegas has been on the decline for some time, while the job market continues to increase creating an overwhelming demand for housing and no question that the real estate market in this desert locale is red-hot. But one question does remain. As inflation continues, it still a sellers’ market in Vegas or is the tide shifting to be a buyers’ advantage as more homes flood the market?  You decide. Sellers’ Market Some claim a strong sellers’ market with sellers’ getting a multitude of offers on their properties, as well as homes selling...
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4 Habits That Save Money and the Environment
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4 Habits That Save Money and the Environment

By Mackenzie Beaulieu As many cities across the U.S. see a heatwave, and as citizens deal with rising inflation and energy costs, it’s as good a time as any to discuss ways to reduce your environmental impact and save money. There are so many of them; the two seem almost to go hand-in-hand. People are scared off by the initial costs of living a sustainable life. They shouldn’t be, because sustainability can extend to your wallet. When you waste less, you pay less, and so does our environment. These are things you can do easily in your everyday life. Shopping...
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5 Tips to Jumpstart Your Creativity
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5 Tips to Jumpstart Your Creativity

By Tiffany Chaney Jumpstarting creativity is a little like getting a stalled car to start—there’s a spark of life in the engine, but it just won’t drive. Creativity, too, has its hibernation period, whether you had to take a hiatus due to life circumstances or the ideas just wouldn’t come. It may be as simple as changing the way you handle the creative process. Here are five tips to help spark your creativity. 1. Let Yourself Be Bored Have you practiced the art of boredom? Allowing yourself space to be bored can help you develop your creativity, too.  Notice what...
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Beyond The Battlefield: The Truths Behind Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
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Beyond The Battlefield: The Truths Behind Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

By Eponine Seccafico Although there has been much more discovered about mental disorders and their various effects on the individuals who bear them, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is one that still comes with many misconceptions. Only revealed to the world due to being one of many results from the aftermath of man-made war, PTSD is a fairly new term to unravel in these current times. And though its exposure has been from battle, is there more information to bring to life underneath its battered surface? Post Traumatic Stress Disorder stretches far beyond the battlefield and possesses multiple aspects that...
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The Symbolism of Snakes in Literature
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The Symbolism of Snakes in Literature

By Jack Gayer When people think of what snakes represent in literature, the first thing that likely comes to mind is the snake in the Garden of Eden. However, snake symbolism in literature goes beyond representing temptation. They’ve been used as a diverse symbol for thousands of years, going back to Celtic mythology in 4000 B.C. Further, despite representing something malicious and deceitful in the Bible, snakes have more often been representative of positive, or at least neutral, themes. The following topics are but a few of the literary devices that snakes represent in literature. Medicine One of the most...
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What’s Volkswagen Up To In 2022: Electric Vehicles & Rebirth of the Scout
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What’s Volkswagen Up To In 2022: Electric Vehicles & Rebirth of the Scout

By Katie Downey Vroom Vroom All of us have a Volkswagen story to tell—whether it be good, bad or ugly, it’s always memorable. The press has been fairly quiet about VW for some time now, so I did some research and uncovered a few projects they are working on for 2022/2023.  Projects on VW’s Agenda Project Trinity This exciting project will deliver electric vehicle charging times that are said to be as fast as filling up your tank in a petrol car by 2026. One of the project’s main points is to reduce the weight of electric vehicles since this...
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Keep Mosquitos Away the Natural Way
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Keep Mosquitos Away the Natural Way

By Katie Downey It's summertime, and the mosquitos are out in full force and ready to ruin your fun. It's easy to reach for the $20 deep woods bug spray, but just as it's terrible for mosquitos, it's also bad for anyone who comes in contact with it. The main component of many insect repellants is Deet. If you aren't using a Deet-based repellent, then you may be using picaridin, a synthetic chemical created in the hopes of mimicking black pepper. Unfortunately, the other Deet alternatives are harder to pronounce and leave just as bad of a taste in your...
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Old Yet Not Lacking: How To Find The Best Quality Of Vintage Clothing
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Old Yet Not Lacking: How To Find The Best Quality Of Vintage Clothing

By Eponine Seccafico When browsing a thrift store with various kinds of vintage clothing to choose from, it can seem almost impossible to find the right kind for you. Chic fabrics align the racks, with brand names across their inner backs. So, with all these view options, are there ways to discover the best kind of quality for these old but not worn wears? Finding the best quality vintage clothing is possible and easier than you might believe! Some aspects which separate the best from the lesser, are the fabrics used, the condition they are in, and the care given...
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What the Oldest Living Tree Can Teach Us About Life
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What the Oldest Living Tree Can Teach Us About Life

By Tiffany Chaney While a Patagonian cypress challenges the record of “oldest living tree,” two bristlecone pines have historically held that record and have much to teach us about life.   Bristlecone Pines: Shaped by the Elements You may recognize the image of one 1,400-year-old bristlecone pine stamped on the back of some U.S. quarters. This bristlecone pine resides on Mount Washington in Nevada’s Great Basin National Park where little else lives or dies. There are no other trees to spread pathogens; no competition; no grasses; no brush; and few pests—including humans that start renegade wildfires. Just a stretch of mountains...
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It’s Vacation Time: What About Your Furry Friends?
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It’s Vacation Time: What About Your Furry Friends?

By Katie Downey It's summertime, and you can't wait to hit the beach, but what about your furry little roommates? Unfortunately, it is difficult for many people with pets to vacation. Many skip it altogether because it can be such a headache and wallet-ache. It isn't as difficult as you think it is, though. So what should you do if you don't have a pet sitter staying with your animals? You will have plenty of options after doing just a small amount of networking and research. Know Your Local Kennels It is tough deciding where to send your beloved for...
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The Unexpected Benefits of Volunteering to Afford a Gap Year
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The Unexpected Benefits of Volunteering to Afford a Gap Year

By Jack Gayer In my late teens and early 20s, I backpacked through South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. One of the main benefits of volunteering in these countries was that it allowed me to stay longer without having to spend money. This is because some programs, like the ones I did, gave you a room and board in exchange for a set amount of labor. However, there were also unexpected benefits of volunteering to afford a gap year besides saving money. Experiencing, Not Just Skimming a Country  For South Africa, I used Workaway, a volunteer site that connects volunteers...
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